Book Review: The Vampire Diaries: The Fury by L. J. Smith (Book #3)

April 26, 2012 § 2 Comments

It’s a good thing Elena Gilbert kept that diary. Elena has woken up, not dead after all, and who is she? Blinded and dumb with bloodlust, she attacks her true love Stefan, and is devoted to the dark, enigmatic Damon. Only when she gets a hold of her diary, that she knows is important somehow, does she remember everything that happened before, and realize what’s happened to her. It is not a pretty awakening.

The action begins when Elena attends her own funeral. Meredith gives a cryptic eulogy that is actually a covert, hopeful message to Elena, Bonnie goes into a trance in front of the entire town and utters a dire warning, and the town dogs attack their own masters outside the church. A greater evil is stalking the town, and Elena tries to pull everyone together to stop it. Will Stefan be able to put aside his centuries-long rivalry with his brother long enough to hunt down the Fell’s Church evil? Can Damon, the cold, dangerous hunter, be trusted to protect the humans?

In contrast to the previous books’ foreboding dread and horror,  The Vampire Diaries: The Fury,  reads more like a mystery adventure. The action and danger are interspersed with amusing clashes between the wary, reluctant members of the gang.

Bonnie lurched up with a gasp, knocking the reading lamp off the nightstand and plunging the room into darkness. Cursing, Meredith worked to get it righted again. The curtains fluttered madly in the flickering light that emerged, and Bonnie seemed to be trying to scream.

When the bulb was finally screwed back in, it revealed Damon sitting casually but precariously on the sill of the open window, one knee up. He was smiling one of his widest smiles.

“Do you mind?” he said. “This is uncomfortable.”

Elena glanced back at Bonnie and Meredith, who were braced against the closet, looking horrified and hypnotized at once. She herself shook her head, exasperated.

“And I thought I liked to make a dramatic entrance,” she said.

I enjoyed how the different characters play off of each other, after having gone through their own hellish journeys in the previous two books and now have to work together. Once I got past the initial hurdle in the beginning where Elena is transitioning and acting completely unlike herself, I became engrossed in the quest to find and destroy the evil force threatening Fell’s Church. Everything propels forward to an unexpected yet inevitable reckoning, and everybody reveals that there is more to them than originally met the eye. As Bonnie herself said, “No one is what they appear.”

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